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Clinical Observation on Acupuncture and Moxibustion in Treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after Earthquake

ZHANG Hong,RAN Lian-hui,YUAN Xiu-li,et al(Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine,Sichuan,Chengdu,610075)  
Objective:to discuss the therapeutic effects of acupuncture and moxibustion in treating post traumatic stress disorder(PTSD).Methods:92 cases were randomly assigned to two groups,including the treating group(46 cases,treated by acupuncture and moxibustion) and the control group(46 cases,treated by paroxetine).The period of treatment last for 12 weeks.Each case was given marks using the Clinical Administered PTSD Scale(CAPS),Hamilton Depression Rating Scale for Depression(HAMD),and Hamilton Anxiety Scale(HAMA),seperately before the treatment,at the end of six weeks'treatment and 12 weeks'treatment.Results:the treating group got a more obvious improvement of clinical symptoms and a faster onset,compared to the control group.Meanwhile,the treating group got a better relief of the anxiety symptom,compared to the control group.Although the treating group shared the similar therapeutic effects with control group in the relief of depression symptom generally,the former had a faster onset.Conclusions:acupuncture and moxibustion had a better therapeutic effect than paroxetine in treating PTSD.
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